Latest update:
Original buffet price: RM55.20
Reach before 5.30pm: 10% discount

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Yeah finally 22nd July 2008! A date where everyone looked foward to...Right? ;)

Anyway, my friends and I gathered up and head to Autocity, Juru for a dinner. Its becoming an annual ritual, no? The last time they had steamboat during CNY and I sadly missed out :S

Yupz the whole top level is Tao's.

The moment I saw the entrance, I had good feeling about the place.

Love the natural feeling of the interior deco. So darn cool!

I was damn lucky to get this shot. We were at the restaurant before 5.30pm. Therefore we had to wait outside the restaurant until they are ready to let us in. I love the water pathways at Tao, very Japanese. LOL...

This is where we were seated. Not bad at all. The bamboo, large whole wooden tables and a cozy environment ;) Great ambience~

We wanted this room so badly! Unfortunately its reserved only for patrons of 13pax and above + Early reservation. Haih...

This is the salad bar. If not mistaken, all those people who opt for buffet can come over and fix themselves a bowl of salad or two! Of course, its not a time to stuff myself with greens. Its totally reserved for the mahal dishes.

I started by having some nigiri sushi-s with ika (cuttle fish) , white maguro (white tuna), hotate (scallop), seaweeds and hama (clams) topped seperately. White tuna was yummy yummy :)

Had to snap them quick, even myself wanna attack them fast. LOL! Grilled salmon was delicious. First time I had teriyaki salmon with crispy skin! I whacked about a slab and a half of it *grin* Abalone is ok but slightly spicy and creamy Motoyaki Scallop was yummylicious. Absolutely better than E-Gate's fishy smell scallop.

It ain't Japanese dinner if there's no sashimi and so we ordered Sashimi Moriawase (worth RM30).Not bad considering the consistent "Mmmmmm" sound coming from my friend. Hehe

Steamed Unagi wasn't as good as I thought. Not enough teriyaki sauce, not fluffy enough and its filled with thin bones :S

Then comes the huge pile of grilled lamb chops~*slurps*~our main dish. I find that the dishes served in Autocity's Tao is lighter on its flavours compare to their E-Gate branch.

So far, I had no complains about them except for my coursemates. They ended up with sore gums after chewing the meat. The ones I had were tender leh, no?

Didn't know the name but its Japanese chicken satay. Every stick came with tender, grilled to perfection chicken thigh meat, skewered in between garlic slices and spring onion stalks.

Finally, 2 1/2 scoop chocolate chip ice cream to complete my dinner. Of course in between I walloped 6 chawanmushis, some makis and a lot of sashimis (esp. White Tuna).

Despite ordering so much, we did not waste food. RM10 forfeit for every 100gm leh...I rather they suck my blood out.

Please click to enlarge picture for the opening time. But usually they will start serving dinner at 5.30pm and EARLY reservations are 100% advised else you will have to waste hours to wait for tables or leave without a single peek on the grilled lamb.

Penang Bridge Toll: RM7
Tao Buffet Dinner: RM50
Gathering with friends: Priceless

Happy whacking~

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20 comments

  1. "Joe" who is constantly craving // July 22, 2008 at 1:20 PM  

    wah! of course confirm value for money..look at the plate of lambchops..

    everyone starring at you wallop all the food @ the buffet line?

  2. christine // July 22, 2008 at 3:51 PM  

    heard about so much of this place from friends..beautiful place..nice stop in Penang on my next trip..

  3. Cokeworld Citizen // July 22, 2008 at 4:30 PM  

    joe:
    hohoho I got plenty of stares from my friends. I just kept eating, eating and eating. Wooohoo. I also had plenty of stares from my friend when my perut kembang...mwahahaha

    christine:
    yeah i heard about this place for more than 2 years. Now, i finally get to go there! U should hang out at Tao's bar area. It's as good as The Apartment at The Curve.

  4. Jason // July 22, 2008 at 5:45 PM  

    Wah, such beautiful place! How much was the buffet ah?

  5. Cokeworld Citizen // July 22, 2008 at 8:37 PM  

    jason:
    RM50 haha repeat this 3rd time ady. I edit the text since its not clear

  6. wmw // July 23, 2008 at 2:33 AM  

    The place and food looks good!

  7. Cokeworld Citizen // July 23, 2008 at 2:40 AM  

    wmw:
    hohoh highly suitable for those who don't take raw food. There are plenty of deliciously cooked ones...

  8. Precious Pea // July 23, 2008 at 1:28 PM  

    Err...wat is so special about 22 July???

  9. Cokeworld Citizen // July 23, 2008 at 3:15 PM  

    precious pea:
    oh its just a date fixed back during CNY. Very difficult for everyone to be free and makan bergether-gether like this. Don't you think so?

  10. durianberry // July 25, 2008 at 10:10 AM  

    Wah nice place, especially the tatami wan. Next time ajak 13ppl la ;D Haha maybe you are good at picking a better cut of meat, that's how ur lamb chop more tender. The pics are soooo delicious.. great lightning

  11. Cokeworld Citizen // July 25, 2008 at 12:28 PM  

    durianberry:
    Yeah la!!! Haiyo...13 ppl leh...i choose the lamb? plz lar,they left me with 2 piece everytime and I had to choose. Luck i guess hahaha.hahaha lightning...

  12. J2Kfm // August 1, 2008 at 2:32 PM  

    more and more posts on Tao. hmm, probably should organize another trip up north, and find all floggers for a gathering. then we can choose the 13pax/room? =)

  13. Cokeworld Citizen // August 2, 2008 at 12:55 AM  

    j2kfm:
    haha got 13 floggers? i think Penang Tua Pui can whack alot. lol got ppl fetch me anything pun boleh

  14. Precious Pea // August 11, 2008 at 5:39 PM  

    Wahh....good deal! Seems like lot of variety and good quality too.

  15. Cokeworld Citizen // August 12, 2008 at 12:03 AM  

    precious pea:
    ya really good deal when a person eats from 5.30pm to 10pm :)

    taste quality good...worth visiting

  16. New Kid on the Blog // August 21, 2008 at 9:29 AM  

    finally see you visiting auto city, juru. :)

  17. Cokeworld Citizen // August 23, 2008 at 4:52 PM  

    yeah! finally there ;)

  18. ck // August 25, 2008 at 10:16 PM  

    Wow...going to penang this weekend...will go to try try...

  19. zephyrcj // November 8, 2008 at 10:19 PM  

    there is another TAO at e-gate ma..then can save rm7 lo.
    it's actually rm48++/person. tambah charges = rm55++
    for lunch, it's cheaper about rm29.9++ but with less food.
    during weekend, for dinner, there are fixed times-5.30-8pm, 8-10.30pm..something like that..
    for weekdays, you can sit there from 5.30-10pm.
    hehe..i always help my parents to book..so i kinda know the rules.. lol

  20. Cokeworld Citizen // November 8, 2008 at 10:57 PM  

    CJ:
    Everyone wanted to have dinner at Tao Autocity so regardless got bridge toll anot, we still go : P

    Besides service and food at Tao E-gate sux. Been there twice and I still dun find myself liking the place.